Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh perfected their craft by copying the works of others. Try this time-honored tradition and find out why! Deconstruct and transcribe a masterwork using instructor and classically trained artist Molly Herman's tips on how to copy a painting. Learn the impressionist-like Bezold effect, and add a sculptural sense of depth with the dynamic impasto technique. Discover how to use glazing with transparent paints to bring cohesion and harmony to your piece, and enjoy a bonus lesson on color theory and working with a limited palette. Unlock the methods of the masters in this fun, fast-paced exploration of iconic artwork, and learn how to make any masterpiece your own!
Meet your instructor, Molly Herman, and discover what you'll learn in class.
Learn about the rich history of "master copying," select an artist's work that you like and begin studying it to improve your own practice.
Select an area of the painting that will be most meaningful to your own work before blocking in the elements you want to paint.
Herman walks you through the basics of color theory to help you create a rich underpainting using complementary colors.
Play with hue and color relationships using a fun technique that employs multiple colors and bold brush strokes.
Create texture and layers with playful abandon as you explore the color-rich impasto technique with Herman's expert advice along the way.
Learn how to create more fluidity in your paints and add glow to your finished work as you mix and apply glazes to achieve luminous effects.
Put the finishing touches on your painting as you create a work that's truly your own.
In this bonus lesson, Herman shows you how to mix a wide range of colors and hues using a limited palette of primary colors.
"Molly Herman was an excellent instructor. The lessons were well thought out, thorough, and proceeded at a good pace. She was calm, articulate, and well spoken, and she was fully prepared and in control of her materials (...) It was the perfect course to allow me to loosen my approach and forego fidelity to what I copy in favor of developing a more personal style. Highly recommended."
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